In the last few years, the amount of information about sleep apnea that’s been available to the public has increased significantly. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have made great advances in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea. Despite this, there are still many myths and misconceptions when it comes to this sleep disorder, and many Americans are unaware of the real risk sleep apnea poses. To help clear up some things, I have compiled a list of the most common myths about sleep apnea.
Myth #1: Everyone that snores has sleep apnea.
Fact: While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has this sleep disorder. However, it also does not mean that people who don’t snore have sleep apnea. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, sometimes even hundreds of times every night. This can impact their overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing their sleep. This sleep disorder can also cause immediate life threatening circumstances.
Myth #2: Only older people get sleep apnea.
Fact: Several people believe that only older people suffer sleep apnea. This is entirely wrong. Sleep apnea can actually affect people of all ages, including children. While it may be more common in people over 40 years of age, sleep apnea can affect people the ages of 30, 25, 15 and even 5. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.
Myth #3: Only obese or overweight people get sleep apnea.
Fact: As I stated above, being overweight can increase the like hood of developing sleep apnea. This is due to the fatty tissue in the throat. As fatty tissues increase due to increased weight, they can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep. However, even a well-conditioned athlete with a muscular neck can have this same issue.
Myth #4: Sleep apnea is not a dangerous sleep disorder.
Fact: People may think sleep apnea is just snoring, but it’s not. It is a sleep disorder that takes a toll on all who suffer from it because it robs people of a good night’s sleep and the health benefits that sleep provides, leaving them drowsy and lethargic during the day. This type of daytime sleepiness can lead to many accidents on the road or in work places. In addition, there is also research that has shown that untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
If you think that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information regarding sleep apnea.